The results of the Boston mayor’s preliminary election are in, and the top two candidates in the race are Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George – a result many Boston.com readers have been waiting for.
Polling stations closed at 8 p.m. across town, and Wu edged out the other four candidates – city councilors Andrea Campbell and Annissa Essaibi George, former town economic development chief John Barros and acting mayor Kim Janey – early in the night. The race for candidate number two, however, remained tight for much of the night. Wu got 33.36% of the vote and Essaibi George 22.48%.
State and city officials said the results took longer to count than previous elections, in part because of the thousands of ballots that were returned by mail or in drop boxes in all the city.
Acting Mayor Kim Janey and Councilor Andrea Campbell both conceded the race late last night as the votes were still being counted. Janey said in a statement that she will work to ensure a smooth transition.
“While we are still waiting for results, it looks like we failed the election,” Janey said. “I want to congratulate Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi-George on their victories tonight. It was a lively and historic race, and I wish them both good luck in the final elections.
Whichever candidate wins in November, at the end of that election, a woman will get a full term in Boston mayor for the first time in the city’s history. Wu and Essaibi George will face each other in a final election on November 4.
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